Mental health ambassador raises more than £1,000 for local services with marathon run
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 April 2018
Lowestoft's first mental health ambassador has raised more than £1,000 for local charities by completing the London Marathon.
Tod Sullivan took part in the world famous race last weekend and plans to use the money to support those living with mental health issues across Waveney.
At the time of writing Mr Sullivan has raised £1,168, more than double his initial target of £500.
He said: “It’s amazing.
“The money will go to help local projects, very small things which will make a big difference.”
Lowestoft-based charity Access Community Trust will hold the money initially while the Mental Health Council decides where and how funds should be allocated.
The 40-year-old is keen to see the money spent on new groups which provide greater access for those who are more socially isolated, such as parents or people with anxiety disorders.
He added: “Social isolation and being unable to access community activities presents a huge risk factor. One which we hope to help to address in some small way.”
This year’s marathon was one of the hottest of record with temperatures soaring to 23.5C.
Like many of those taking part Mr Sullivan struggled in the oppressive heat – however he managed to complete the course in around six hours.
He said: “It was pretty tough going for everybody. It wasn’t a day to set records or personal bests but just to hang on.
“The weather was oppressive, not the heat you want to be running in.
“I got to the end of it which was pretty hard work.”
The former mayor said his main issue was maintaining a healthy level of hydration during the race in the sweltering heat and described the race as “brutal”.
However, he was struck by the camaraderie and spirit of his fellow runners.
Mr Sullivan said: “The spirit was really great – it is an amazing thing to do.
While he had prepared for the physical challenges of the event Mr Sullivan said he was struck most by the emotions he felt as he completed the race.
He added: “It was an emotional thing getting to the end. I’m just so pleased to have done it.”
To continue supporting Mr Sullivan and donate visit: www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/todjsullivan